20 Celebrity Couples You Forgot About

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Amanda Bynes and Seth MacFarlane
Amanda Bynes and Seth MacFarlane
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Before MacFarlane's big-screen superstardom — and before Bynes' big meltdown — the duo briefly dated in 2008 despite their 12-year age difference. But MacFarlane and Bynes are hardly the only surprising former couple in Hollywood. Read on to see 19 other Tinsel Town couples that you forgot dated!
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Ryan Gosling and Sandra Bullock
Ryan Gosling and Sandra Bullock
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The Oscar-winning actress proved naysayers who questioned her attachment to projects like All About Steve and The Lake House wrong by dating Murder By Numbers co-star-turned-Internet obsession Gosling. And you questioned her taste?
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Michael Jackson and Tatum O'Neal
Michael Jackson and Tatum O'Neal
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The pop star's first relationship was with Paper Moon Oscar winner, but O'Neal was not his lover. According to O'Neal's biography, A Paper Life, her relationship with the then 17-year-old cooled as soon as they tried to turn up the heat. Wrote O'Neal, "I was just 12 and not at all ready for a real-life encounter ... Michael, who was sweating profusely, seemed as intimidated as I was. He jumped up nervously and said, 'Uh... gotta go.'"
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Benicio Del Toro and Scarlett Johansson
Benicio Del Toro and Scarlett Johansson
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Far more surprising was Johansson's romance with Del Toro... and the lurid details that arose from their 2004 romance. Rumors circulated that the 20-year-old Johansson enjoyed a romp in the elevator of the Chateau Marmont with the 37-year-old del Toro following the Oscars. The actress, however, has since denied the rumors, insisting she only goes down in elevators to get to the bottom floor.
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Scarlett Johansson and Jack Antonoff
Scarlett Johansson and Jack Antonoff
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Before the fun. musician hooked up with his current girl, Girls star Lena Dunham, he dated bombshell-to-be Johansson when they attended the Professional Children's School in their teens in 2001. Seems Dunham and Johansson share a taste — the Avengers actress also courted Dunham's brief on-screen paramour, Patrick Wilson, in 2004.
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Natalie Portman and Lukas Haas
Natalie Portman and Lukas Haas
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The duo starred together in Mars Attacks! and Everyone Says I Love You, but, despite rumors of a romance, Portman would not tell everyone she loved the actor. Instead, during their '90s romance, Portman called Haas a "friend" to press. Ouch.
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Jessica Biel and Chris Evans
Jessica Biel and Chris Evans
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The actors' on-screen love life was much more successful than their real-life courtship. After playing paramours in 2004's Cellular and 2005's London, the duo called it quits in 2006. And it turns out the break-up was the best thing to happen to them — both Evans and Biel catapulted to fame following the relationship as Captain America and Mrs. Timberlake.
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Ryan Reynolds and Kristen Johnston
Ryan Reynolds and Kristen Johnston
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Fitting that an out-of-this-world relationship would involve a 3rd Rock From the Sun alum. Two Guys, A Girl and a Pizza Place star Reynolds and Johnston dated briefly in 1999, when Johnston was a 32-year-old cougar dating a 23-year-old Hollywood newbie. One engagement to Alanis Morissette and two marriages to Scarlett Johansson and Blake Lively later, we learned Reynolds has very eclectic taste.
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Brad Pitt and Christina Applegate
Brad Pitt and Christina Applegate
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Turns out Pitt's short time with Applegate was the pits. In 1989, after the duo realized they were sweet on one another, Pitt and Applegate attended the 1989 MTV Movie Awards... where Applegate took a bite out of the young actor's heart by ditching him for another man at the event. We're guessing the happily married actress doesn't regret her decision... and neither does Pitt.
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Sarah Jessica Parker and Robert Downey Jr.
Sarah Jessica Parker and Robert Downey Jr.
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Though Parker and Downey fell for one another after meeting on the set of 1984's Firstborn, their relationship unraveled as soon as Downey began to unravel. Though Parker tried to clean up the actor's drug addiction, the duo parted ways after seven years together. "I was so selfish," Downey told Parade in 2008. "I liked to drink, and I had a drug problem, and that didn't jibe with Sarah Jessica, because it is the furthest thing from what she is."
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Pamela Anderson and Bret Michaels
Pamela Anderson and Bret Michaels
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Poor Bret. Not only was the Poison rocker overshadowed by '90s girlfriend Anderson, but he would prove to be overshadowed by her next boyfriend-turned-husband-turned-ex, Tommy Lee, too. Before Anderson dated and filmed a sex tape with the Motley Crue drummer, she did the same with Michaels, who blocked the release of the video in 1998. But if you still need proof of their relationship, footage from the film has still made its way onto the Internet.
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Kristin Davis and Damian Lewis
Kristin Davis and Damian Lewis
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Don't remember the Sex and the City star dating Homeland's Lewis? That's because it might not have happened — though some reports claim the duo were briefly an item in 2004, others claim they never dated in the first place. Seems there are relationships stranger than Carrie and Brody's.
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Nick Lachey and Kim Kardashian
Nick Lachey and Kim Kardashian
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Turns out Ryan Seacrest didn't create the monster that is Kim Kardashian — Nick Lachey did. After the 98 Degrees singer's very public divorce from Jessica Simpson, he went on one date with a then-unknown Kardashian... and a slew of cameras. "No one followed us there," he told Details in 2013. "Somehow, mysteriously, when we left, there were 30 photographers waiting outside. There are certain ways to play {the fame} game, and some people play it well."
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January Jones and Josh Groban
January Jones and Josh Groban
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Before Jones became the much-hated Betty Draper on Mad Men, she dated the much-loved musician Groban. More surprising than their romance, however, is the fact that Groban has yet to find a serious girlfriend since. "We were madly in love," the singer told Details in 2013. "It was definitely my longest relationship." Hmm... we have a feeling Megan Draper might be single soon...
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Edward Furlong and Paris Hilton
Edward Furlong and Paris Hilton
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Imagining the spoiled socialite's 1999 romance with the former Terminator 2 child star? We know now why you cry.
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Sofia Coppola and Keanu Reeves
Sofia Coppola and Keanu Reeves
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The Oscar-nominated Coppola dated Reeves after her father directed the actor in 1992's Dracula? As Reeves would say, whoa.
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Michelle Rodriguez and Colin Farrell
Michelle Rodriguez and Colin Farrell
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Rodriguez and Farrell were rumored to have dated after meeting on the set of S.W.A.T. in 2003. In case you were wondering if there was anything more surprising than the fact that anyone saw S.W.A.T..
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David Spade and Julie Bowen
David Spade and Julie Bowen
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Bowen might have dated SNL star Adam Sandler on screen in 1996's Happy Gilmore, but, in 2002, the future Modern Family cast member romanced another Studio 8H alum, David Spade, off-screen. Still, curiously, the actress has yet to grace the SNL stage as host. Time to start the petition?
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Rachael Leigh Cook and Shane West
Rachael Leigh Cook and Shane West
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A match made in '90s heaven, A Walk to Remember star West dated She's All That magic pixie dream girl, Cook. Despite two years together, West's relationship with the young starlet went south, and they split in 1999. Oh well — we all knew she belonged with Zack Siler anyway.
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Kieran Culkin and Anna Paquin
Kieran Culkin and Anna Paquin
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If we knew back in 1990 that the Culkin brothers would be able to score Mila Kunis and Oscar winner Paquin, we'd lather our hands in aftershave and slap our cheeks in shock. But it's true — in 2007, Culkin, star of Father of the Bride and Nowhere to Run dated the future True Blood star. Bloody unfair.

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